Hardscaping: How to Use Structures, Pathways, Patios & Ornaments in Your Garden

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The flowers are blossoming, the foliage looks fantastic, and the plant combinations are gorgeous. So why doesn’t your garden satisfy? The problem just might be a lack of hardscaping—structures like arbors, paving, walls, fountains, pools, and decks that delineate, ornament, animate, and add dimensionality to a garden. Using both his own and others’ layouts, a top garden designer reveals why these structures are so important and how to incorporate them into the landscape. Each chapter examines a specific principle...

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Overview

The flowers are blossoming, the foliage looks fantastic, and the plant combinations are gorgeous. So why doesn’t your garden satisfy? The problem just might be a lack of hardscaping—structures like arbors, paving, walls, fountains, pools, and decks that delineate, ornament, animate, and add dimensionality to a garden. Using both his own and others’ layouts, a top garden designer reveals why these structures are so important and how to incorporate them into the landscape. Each chapter examines a specific principle (creating balance, instilling motion, establishing focal points), and features illuminating discussions of style, function, application, and plantings, as well as magnificent projects. Bring fresh life to a garden with a curvaceous patio with a rill, a sculpture plinth on a terraced platform, or a Victorian “room.”

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"This is a handsome guide that belongs in all landscaping collections. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"Giving straightforward advice and instruction, Davitt guides gardeners through the function and purpose of paths, walls, fountains, arbors, and other garden structures." —Booklist
Library Journal
Proper planning and placement can make your garden so much more than a mere collection of plants. Landscaper Davitt (Beyond the Lawn: Unique Outdoor Spaces for Modern Living) has created a fascinating book on the benefits of garden structure, or "hardscape," and delivers landscaping theory with practiced poise. With elegant photos and illustrations clearly showing the effect of various elements in the garden, the book covers such garden structure types as trellising, walkways, and fountains. A garden structure project is presented at the end of each chapter, but novices will have to go elsewhere for useful construction guidelines. That criticism aside, this is a handsome guide that belongs in all landscaping collections. Highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402718762
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    The value of textures

    Once again Mr. Davitt shows us how, by our own efforts, we can bring beauty into our lives. And it is beauty that is shared by anyone who is willing to stop and take in the impression we have created. It is very easy to become caught up in selecting vegetation - of having the right sized and colored plants positioned just so and forget about the impact a 'hardscape' object can have. At the beginning of the book this is made very apparent by several pictures Mr. Davitt chose to include. The blue ceramic pot changes the entire picture and makes it so much richer. If anyone has an outside space they should take the time to read Mr. Davitt's latest book. It is well worth the time.

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